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Oh! Susanna

The song was introduced by a local quintette at a concert in Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PUBLISHED: Dec 15, 2011 • UPDATED: Feb 7, 2020 • LESSON CODE: UL533 • VISITS: 34

ukulele Subjects: folk

Oh! Susanna is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). It was published by W. C. Peters & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848. The song was introduced by a local quintette at a concert in Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1847. Foster was said to have written the song for his men's social club. The name Susannah may refer to Foster's deceased sister Charlotte, whose middle name was Susannah. Glenn Weiser suggests the song was influenced by an existing work, "Rose of Alabama" (1846), with which it shares some similarities in lyrical theme and musical structure.

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Chords

This is a simple I V two chord song at its core. The V chord can be approached using its secondary dominant V of V II7 chord. I the key of C major the chord would be C and G7, with the G7 being approached using D7.

Melody

The melody is almost entirely comprised of the Major Pentatonic scale. The chorus starts on the root of the five (V) chord and is the only additional note that is not in the major pentatonic scale of the song.

Web Resources

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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Oh! Susanna - Lead Sheet, Key of F
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Standard music notation and ukulele TAB.

Oh! Susanne - Chord Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Oh! Susanne - Chord Lead Sheet. Suitable for situtitions where you already know the song and need the chords.


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Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

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Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


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Additional Song Files, Resources and Assets

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Oh! Susanne - Chord Lead Sheet
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Oh! Susanne - Chord Lead Sheet. Suitable for situtitions where you already know the song and need the chords.


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